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Adobe InDesign has always been about CMYK and RGB and Lab colors, but what about gray. InDesign has never had it, until now. In CS6, we have grayscale support. First of all, before we go to the Print dialog box, where I'll show you how you can specify the one to output gray, it's very useful if you can actually see what your document is going to look like as grayscale, and you do that from the View menu. Go to Proof Setup, and right now, it's set up to be Documents CMYK--whatever I set up in my color settings--but we want to go to Custom and under Device to Simulate, you choose one of these, Dot Gain or Gray Gamma.
So I am going to leave the Gray Gamma 1.8, and then just click OK and we are looking at grayscale. So Proof Colors has automatically been turned on. And notice interestingly that the Pages panel remains in the Document CMYK, but if we go to page 2 and 3, that's what this looks like in grayscale. I am going to go back up to the View and turn off Proof Colors. There it is, in bright RGB. Turn back on, Grayscale.
So whatever reason that you might have for wanting to print to grayscale from a color file or create a grayscale PDF, remember that the first thing you probably want to do is proof it in grayscale. By the way, it's not 100% grayscale- savvy yet, because, for example, under the Edit menu, you can't assign a grayscale profile to anything. Grayscale doesn't appear in this list, and it's not part of any of the other color settings. It's only up here under View > Proof Setup by choosing it for the Custom list and then turning on Proof Colors.
Now whether or not you are proofing in grayscale--I am going to turn that off-- you can always print or export to PDF. I will just use the Print dialog box as an example. Go to File and choose Print and here in Output, under Color, here is where you can choose Composite Gray. There you go. And then you'll see that if you then go to Color Management, you see the output color is going to be Composite Gray. There's not much else that you can choose here. That's how you use the new grayscale features in InDesign CS6.
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